Does money really make you happy?

I recently had a comment on one of my posts here and it got me thinking enough to do a blog post. As it is an anonymous comment I am sure they won’t mind.
The gist of the comment is basically that money will solve all the problems and make the person happy.
So will flash cars, going on exotic holidays make you happy?
I won’t deny that having money does make your life that little bit easier. But would I be happy with millions, so that I didn’t have to work?
Maybe.
Maybe not.
Although sometimes going out to work does my head in, especially if I have had a rough day/week, I do like working. I like going out and using my brain and helping others.
If I had a bottomless pit of money I think I would get bored and wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I would probably carry on eating loads of chocolate and getting fat!!
Ok on a serious note though, I do not believe that money will bring you happiness. Yeah it will bring you all the nice things you want in life, a BMW, plasma screen TV, holidays abroad, a mansion……but it can’t buy you happiness and love (unless of course having materialistic things is all it takes to make you happy). It won’t buy you a family and peace in your heart.
I have come across people who are not rich but more comfortable than us…and I have found them to be stuck up and stingy. I may be generalising here but I have often found rich people think they are above the law and religion.
I would rather just be comfortable and happy. Although at the moment I have a feeling of being unsatisfied, when it comes to money I am happy. I have a hubby and daughter, I have a roof over my head, a nice car, food on my table etc. I think I am just a bit bored with my routine and need to add in a hobby or two.
(Although I would love to have enough money to have my own horse!)Photobucket

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  • I am with you on the horse!!! But I too think money does not bring happiness. I have unfortunately lively examples in front of my eyes. What counts is to have enough to have a roof above your head, food to eat, and a bit more to enjoy life, travel maybe or do a hobby you like, enjoy a massage once in a while. To spend quality time with your loved ones you don't need much really.
    Have a lovely evening Foz! xoxo

  • I think it's all about how you view life. Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Each person has their own way of looking at situations. If I compare my husband and I, we're both very different. I'm the optimist and he's the pessimist.

    I can live on very little, not many gadgets and simple meals, him on the other hand, needs to have a minimum in his savings account or else he worries about the "what ifs". I'm more chilled out, I'll take it as it comes and when life throws you lemons…yep, that's right, make something awesome like lemon mirangue pie! (You thought I was going to say lemonade! hehe)

    Money can buy you happiness, but only for a short while. It's the way you use that money that counts.

    Sometimes we get that unsatisfied feeling in life, I had that a few weeks ago. 2 weeks of feeling down and out and I couldn't pin point what it was until I just jumped back up and thought, "you know what? it's not worth my effort and heart ache to feel this way!" Just changed my attitude and got back to where I was but with fresh ideas and a drive to achieve more.

    Ohhhh, sorry, hot topic = long comment. lol!

    And yes, I WANT A HORSE TOO. But I'll need money to buy a farm to house the horse. hahaha 🙂

  • I would love to have more money but agree it might not bring true happiness. I too am happy with the basics and that I have a lovely family, anything extra would be great but most definately not a necessity! Karima

  • Salaam alaykum,

    haha a horse. It made me laugh. I'm not with you in that one. Don't want a horse.

    I agree with you on the other parts. Money can make this life easier, but does it make you happy…don't think so.

    I think money can to the opposite. How are you going to explain later what you did with your money.

  • I think a lot of people confuse money with happiness. Yes money can buy you the physical things to make life a bit easier: a home, good food, nice clothes, but it can't make you feel happy. No amount of cash will give you peace in your spirit or mind, give you self confidence or make you love your body and it wont make you a good person or someone other people love.